June 19, 2015

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Undergraduate Essay Award

The Middle East Center awarded the Undergraduate Essay Award 2015 to Nicoló Marzaro for his paper entitled “History Reoccurring in Afghanistan: How the U.S. Failed to Learn from the Past.”

Nicoló Marzaro is a sophomore studying political science and concentrating in international relations, and minoring in French. In the summer of 2015, Nicoló will be working on a research project on mortgage electronic registration system, the foreclosure crisis, and transaction costs economics with Dr. Natalya Vinokurova at Wharton’s Management Department and PURM program.

The Middle East Center also began to confer honorable mention award to an outstanding essay. This year’s honorable mention award was given to Alex DeBerardinis essay entitled “Drone Warfare and the Attack on Nation-State Sovereignty.”

Alex is currently a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences double Majoring in History and Modern Middle East Studies with a Minor in Political Science. His experience prior to joining the Middle East Center includes time at the National Constitution Center, the Global Philadelphia Association as well as his own start-up. He is extremely interested in the history, culture, languages and contemporary issues of the Middle East. In his free time, Alex is an ardent reader, a big European soccer fan and enjoys discussing and learning about World War II.